Uncommon Denominator

Uncommon Denominator

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by Mike Phillips
     
 
Mike Phillips' second album is a bit more relaxed than his first, but it doesn't differ in any major way from that contemporary jazz release. Once again, Phillips works with a series of writer/producer types (Travon Potts, "JR" Hutson, Gary Haase, Jerry Barnes,

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Mike Phillips' second album is a bit more relaxed than his first, but it doesn't differ in any major way from that contemporary jazz release. Once again, Phillips works with a series of writer/producer types (Travon Potts, "JR" Hutson, Gary Haase, Jerry Barnes, Janek Gwizdala, Ivan Dupée, Rex Rideout) who specialize in creating rhythmic, percussive instrumental tracks on their synthesizers and computers, adding in an electric guitar part here, an organ fill there, and who could just as easily be working for Beyoncé. Phillips then solos on his saxophone over the track. That soloing is often quite inventive; he is not content simply to create and follow a simple, soothing melodic line like some of his competitors, preferring to dig in and wail or burble expressively, though, as ever, he is doing so essentially in a vacuum, since the prerecorded background just goes on endlessly regardless of his playing. Hidden Beach label head Steve McKeever, who produced and arranged a cover of Frankie Beverly's 1983 Maze hit "We Are One" for the disc, likes to write liner notes to each of his releases to muse about some aspect of the music business that interests him. This time, he talks about the ways that performances can be "fixed" in the digital environment after being recorded, and insists that Phillips resists the temptation to make such corrections. So, this is what authenticity has come to mean in jazz in the early 21st century, a saxophonist who refuses to smooth out the wave forms of his solos!

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Hidden Beach
UPC:
0766922749921
catalogNumber:
27499

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Phillips   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Jeff Lorber   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Overdubs
Marlon McClain   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sekou Bunch   Bass
Jerry Barnes   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Brant Biles   Rhythm Guitar
Gary Haase   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Various
Ron King   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve McKeever   Overdubs
Richard Patterson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Travon Potts   Various
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Paul Wertico   Percussion
Michael White   Drums
George Whitty   Strings,Keyboards
Jeff Byrd   Percussion
Willis   Electric Guitar
Carl Burnett   Acoustic Guitar
Sherrod Barnes   Guitar
Ivan Dupée   Organ
Trina Powell   Vocals
Shawn Hibbler   Synthesizer
Khari Parker   Drums
Keenan Pryor   Vocals
Gus Rickette   Vocals
Kareem Wells   Vocals
Selan Lerner   Keyboards
Bennett Paysinger   fender rhodes
Janek Gwizdala   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
J.R. Hutson   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Jonathan Pierre   Percussion,Vocals
Brandon Coleman   Organ,Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Tandria Potts   Vocals
Joel Whitely   Guitar
Bennet Paysinger   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Dwight Sills   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ed Perkins   Groomer
Jerry Barnes   Composer,Producer
Frankie Beverly   Composer
Brant Biles   Guitar Engineer
Gary Haase   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Steve McKeever   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Travon Potts   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
George Whitty   Engineer
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
Aya Takemura   Engineer
Sherrod Barnes   Composer
Ivan Dupée   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Donald Parker   Engineer
Mike Phillips   Composer
Trina Powell   Composer
Bruce Flowers   Composer
Shawn Hibbler   Composer,Programming
Gus Rickette   Composer
Charles Whitfield   Executive Producer
Nicolas Fournier   Engineer
Janek Gwizdala   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
J.R. Hutson   Programming,Audio Production
Lee Hutson   Composer

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Uncommon Denominator 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
airtouch42 More than 1 year ago
outsatnding one of the best CDs I have, no it the best of all times!!!